Duce Staley

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
12 91-90-1 50.27% 4-4 50.00%


Career Summary

Duce Staley is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the assistant head coach/running backs coach for the Detroit Lions since 2021. Prior to this season, he coached for the Philadelphia Eagles for eleven seasons. His most recent position was with the Eagles as their assistant head coach/running backs coach.

Personal Information

Staley was born on Thursday, February 27, 1975 in Tampa, Florida.

Table of Contents

Playing Career

College Career

Itawamba Community College

Staley played two seasons at Itawamba Community College (1993-1994) to begin his college career. During his time with the school, he was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association's All-American team, and at the conclusion of 1994 season, Staley transferred to Div. 1.

University of South Carolina

In 1995 and 1996, Staley played college football at South Carolina under head coach Brad Scott. The Gamecocks struggled during his two seasons with the team, finishing 10-11-1 in his two seasons with the team. While the team struggled, he excelled---his success led him to be elected into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

NFL Career

Philadelphia Eagles

In 1997, Staley was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. Over the next seven seasons, Staley rushed for the 3rd most yards in franchise history at the time of retirement (now 5th). During his time with the Eagles, he played in 114 games (starting 75 of them) and saw the field as the team's kick returner in his rookie year. Three times during his tenure with the team the players named him the team offensive MVP. At the end of the 2003 season, he was not re-signed by the team at the conclusion of his contract.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Staley eventually signed a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers under head coach Bill Cowher in 2004 and competed with Jerome Bettis for the starting running back job. He eventually won the starting job, but suffered a hamstring injury during the season and missed six games during the season. However, he time as a starting running back was over. In his final two seasons, he played in only six games, starting one, while missing twenty six. After the 2006 season, Staley retired.

Coaching Career

Philadelphia Eagles

In 2010, Staley returned to the NFL on the Eagles coaching staff, beginning as a coaching intern under his former head coach Andy Reid. After a season as an intern, he moved to the special teams-quality control role where he worked with special teams coordinator Bobby April. Staley spent two seasons in this position before moving to the running backs coach in 2013. I

n his first season with the position, he helped star running back LeSean McCoy to career highs in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage en route to his second first-team All-Pro team of his career. The running game regressed each of the next two season as McCoy could not replicate the yardage of his 2013 season and departed the team via trade before the 2015 season. In his place, the Eagles signed DeMarco Murray in free agency. However, Murray struggled throughout the season and split time with Ryan Mathews. Staley was retained by new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson after the departure of former head coach Chip Kelly.

The Eagles posted their most successful season in 2017, tying their most wins in franchise history at 13-3. They finished the season with a Super Bowl 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots. The following season, Staley added the title of assistant head coach to his duties.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2021 Detroit Lions Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs Coach 0-6-0 0-0
2020 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs Coach 4-11-1 0-0
2019 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs Coach 9-7-0 0-1
2018 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs Coach 9-7-0 1-1
2017 Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs Coach 13-3-0 3-0
2016 Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2015 Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2014 Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs Coach 10-6-0 0-0
2013 Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2012 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Quality Control Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2011 Philadelphia Eagles Special Teams Quality Control Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2010 Philadelphia Eagles Coaching Intern 10-6-0 0-1

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Championships won: 2017
  • Conference Championships won: 2017
  • Past teams coached for: Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Date of Birth: Thursday, February 27, 1975 (46 years old), Tampa, Florida